Kaashidhoo MP Abdulla Jabir has proposed a parliament resolution to ban the import and sale of pork and alcohol in Maldives.
The Maldivian laws allow the import and sale of pork and alcohol for use in the tourism industry, but can only be sold to tourists in resorts.
MP Jabir’s resolution proposes to ban pork and alcohol altogether, saying it is not acceptable for a 100 percent Muslim country to sell them for the purpose of boosting tourism. The resolution says the tourism industry in Maldives has to abide by Islamic laws and principles.
The resolution calls on the parliament to annul the regulations that allows the import of pork and alcohol for specific purposes, and to ban these products from being sold in Maldives.
While Jabir says the purpose of his resolution is to ensure that the tourism industry and the country as a whole follows fundamental Islamic principles, it is noteworthy that Jabir himself is a resort owner who sells these products in his resorts.
Jabir recently had a bust up with tourism minister Ali Waheed during a meeting of the government oversight committee, when the minister told Jabir he would not allow casinos to be built in Maldives as it contradicts with Islamic values. In an apparent attempt to point out the double standards, Jabir then asked the minister why the sale of pork and alcohol is allowed in a Muslim country. Jabir stormed out of the meeting after having a lengthy argument with the minister.